Christian Eriksen sends message after being discharged following heart operation | Football | Sport


Christian Eriksen has thanked fans for their messages after being discharged from hospital in Copenhagen. Eriksen has left hospital after undergoing a successful operation to fit a heart-starting device following his collapse on the pitch during Denmark’s Euro 2020 game against Finland on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator on the pitch in scenes that shocked the world of football.

He has since been fitted with an ICD, which is a small under-the-skin device that is connected to the heart and sends electrical pulses to regulate abnormal heart rhythms.

Having had the operation and spent some time with his Denmark team-mates, Eriksen will now return home.

Eriksen said: “Thank you for the massive number of greetings – it has been incredible to see and feel.

“The operation went well and I am doing well under the circumstances.

“It was really great to see the guys again after the fantastic game they played last night.

“No need to say that I will be cheering them on Monday against Russia.”

A statement from the Danish Football Association read: “Christian Eriksen has been through a successful operation and was today discharged from Rigshospitalet.

“Today he also visited the national team in Helsingor – and from there he will go home and spend time with his family.”

Denmark paused play in the 10th minute of their match against Belgium on Thursday to pay tribute to Eriksen.

The players from both sides applauded while the Danish crowd cheered loudly to show their support for the former Tottenham man.

They also unveiled a banner which read: “All of Denmark is with you Christian.”

The hosts were 1-0 up at the time following Yussuf Poulsen’s early goal, but went on to lose 2-1 as Belgium hit back through goals from Thorgan Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.

Denmark will play their final Group B match against Russia on Monday needing a win to stand any chance of progressing as one of the best third-placed sides.

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